In the summer of 2022, applications were opened for Cobourg’s Community Improvement Plan which is intended to “help stimulate the provision of affordable and rental housing in the community”. The deadline for applications was 30 September 2022 with the announced budget being $125,000 although unused amounts are carried forward. At the Committee of the Whole Meeting on 21 February, 2023, the committee reviewing applications will provide their recommendations to Council. All six applicants are to be approved for a total of $108,627. Details of the awards (assuming recommendations are approved) are listed below. The committee also recommends that the same committee members work on the 2023 CIP which is anticipated to be approved in the 2023 budget. (List of Committee members below).
Goals of Affordable and Rental CIP
- Increasing the supply of purpose-built rental housing;
- Increasing the supply of smaller unit sizes;
- Promoting the development of second units;
- Promoting the development of mixed-ratio (market and affordable) developments; and,
- Supporting emergency and transitional housing services.
Summary of Applications
Trinity Housing of Cobourg Phase 2 Inc. – 25 James Street East / 321 John Street
Note: Trinity Housing is a not-for-profit corporation founded by Cobourg’s Trinity Church.
This application relates to a proposal for a purpose-built rental apartment dwelling with 27 new units, 17 of which are meant to be affordable with 10 market rent units. There are currently 20 affordable units in the existing apartment dwelling on the property. Request was for $82,426 in grants under the various programs, and no loans but after analysis, only $67,427 was approved. Note that there was already $111,360 committed for this project under previous years’ Council funding decisions.
The next five are proposing small units so are expected to be affordable although applicants did not specifically say that.
Muhammad Kundan – 1016 Fraser Court
This project proposes the creation of one new dwelling unit in an existing single-detached dwelling, with approximately 600 square feet of living space added. Total cost is estimated at $65K. $10,000 approved.
Melanie Harness – 128 Gillet Court
This application relates to a proposal for one new dwelling unit in an existing single-detached dwelling, with 714 square feet of living space added. Total cost is estimated at $50K. $10,000 approved.
Ivan Elder – 592 Hayden Crescent
This project proposes the creation of one new dwelling unit in an existing single-detached dwelling, with approximately 600 square feet of living space added. Total cost is estimated at $20K – it’s believed that the owner intends to do the work. $10,000 approved.
Denise Liboiron – 108 James Street East
This project proposes the creation of one new dwelling unit in an existing single-detached dwelling, with approximately 1,050 square feet of living space added. Total cost is estimated at $35K to $65K. $10,000 approved.
Melanie Powley – 521 Wilson Crescent
This project proposes the creation of one new dwelling unit in an existing single-detached dwelling, with approximately 600 square feet of living space added. As one of the CIP Eligibility Requirements for the Renovation and Construction Grant / Loan Program is that the applicant is the sole and primary resident of the property, the applicant in this case in not eligible for this program. Melanie Powley does not reside at this property and rents it out. The Committee was therefore in agreement that Melanie should receive funding only through the Planning and Building Fee Reduction Program – that would provide an estimated $1200.
Total CIP grants for 2022 (awarded in 2023)
The total is therefore: $67,427 + 4 x $10,000 + $1200 = $108,627.
The recommendation to award these amounts will be in a motion which is expected to pass since the amount is less than the budgeted amount.
Note that this CIP is separate from the Downtown Improvement CIP – different purpose and separate budget.
- Deputy Mayor Nicole Beatty,
- Former Chair of the Planning and Development Advisory Committee Don Wilcox,
- Northumberland Affordable Housing Committee Representative Missy MacLean,
- County of Northumberland Representative Rebecca Carmen,
- Director of Corporate Services (Ian Davey or designate),
- Director of Planning and Development (Anne Taylor Scott or designate).
Definition of Affordable rent
An “affordable” rental unit is defined in Northumberland County’s Affordable Housing Strategy as a rental unit for which the rent does not exceed 30% of gross annual household income for low and moderate households. A moderate-income household is one that falls into the lowest 60% of the income distribution for renter households for the regional market area.
Cobourg Blog Reports
- Community Improvement Plan Awards from 2021 Budget – 15 Sept 2022
- Citizen Budget requests part one – 17 January 2019 – first mention to Council of Trinity project
- Council Acts on Affordable Housing – 1 April 2019